Hey everyone! It’s me lizziegrace! Being a blogger isn’t all in one app right? (well not for me at least) I use a bunch of different apps for small and large things.
Some are used for writing blog posts, designing graphics, uploading pictures, and more!
I know it can be hard to find apps that suite you, here are some of my favorites!
I know quite a few bloggers who use Canva. I personally have been using it for about a year now for various reasons. It is very easy to use. I use it for graphics and featured images. You can literally find ANY color you want on there. They have thousands of templates that you can edit to your needs. You can also have a blank canvas and add objects/shapes as well as some text.
Uh, duh! The WordPress app is sooo helpful! I started by just using the website to update my blog and all but it is so much more helpful to use the app. I get notifications and the way it lets me see and do quick updates is amazing! I highly suggest if you have a blog (or not) to use the app!
Mostly just for contacting other bloggers for collabs, giveaways, really anything! It’ll also make reading submissions on your contact page easier to spot and read.
I use docs for school, dance, notes, and blog posts! I love how you can make something available offline (cause my dad uses up all the internet while he’s working). It’s also nice for sharing guest posts or working on a collab post.
5. Hangouts/Google Chat
This is my favorite for chatting with other blogger! I recently switched to Google Chat which is really nice for assigning tasks if its a group for a collab blog. It’s basically texting but with an email!
There’s my post! I’m so sorry I haven’t been very active recently, my life has been swapped with stuff!
Do YOU guys have any posts you want to read from me? I would love to write one that you guys want, you can comment your ideas/questions or use the Ask for Advice form!
For all the prospective bloggers out there, this post is for you!
If you’re here, I’m assumuing you know a bit about the blogosphere. So, if you don’t have a blog and you’d like to get one, I’m going to tell you how to get started.
So, the very first step is deciding what platform you want to use. Evin did a post here on Blogger vs. WordPress, but there are also other platforms like Wix or Weebly. I recommend WordPress for most bloggers, so I’m going to share how to start a WordPress blog.
First, you’ll need a WordPress account. It’s super easy to set up, so I’m not going to explain how to do that.
Okay…so there should be a button that says “Add new site”
For me, it’s under my current sites, but I don’t remember where it is when you don’t have a blog. It shouldn’t be too hard to find though.
Okay, so now you’re picking a domain! If your name has a string of numbers afterwards(like mine, lol), try to have something more memorable? Like, if you have Diamond’s Diary, maybe try Diary of Diamond, or Diamond’s Interesting Diary, or something…
Also, even though a .com or .org domain is awesome, if you’re just starting out, you’re probably good with a .wordpress.com domain.
Okay, so then your site is officially launched! That didn’t take so long, did it?
Here’s a checklist! I’ll type it here if you can’t read the image.
Name your site
Create a site menu
Choose a theme
Update your home page
Launch your site
Confirm email address
Get the WP app
Now, most of those things are pretty self-explanatory, so I won’t go into detail on those.
Well, now you have a site, so I could stop. But, I think that when you start a blog, you also need to write a post to introduce yourself to readers!
Your post should…
Share the purpose of your blog
Share how often you’ll post
And anything else you want!
Once you’re happy with your first post, hit the publish button.
Here’s the published post! Don’t worry too much about making it perfect. Blogging has a learning curve, and no one’s perfect at it. Your first few posts (or first few hundreds like me,) will look a little rough.
There is so much more to go over when it comes to blogging! It could get overwhelming, which is exactly why LTBL was started! If you have any blogging questions, flip through our archives. If you still don’t have an answer, then ask us on our advice page!
If you start a blog as a result of this post, please let me know! I’d love to check your new blog out.
One great way to spread the word about your blog is through blog buttons!
However, the concept is a little confusing at first.
A ‘Blog Buttons’ page? Swapping? And how do you even make one?
With a bit of help from a blogging friend, you’ll be on your way to button-swapping in no time!
Hello! We’re so glad you’re here! I’m Maggie, one of the writers on the Living the Blogging Life team. When I first started blogging, a friend of mine helped me to make a button and explained what ‘swapping’ them is! I really appreciated the guidance, so I want to pass on that information in this post. I hope it’s helpful for you!
To explain it briefly, a blog button is “a picture representing your blog that you swap with other bloggers”! Think of it as a free little advertisement for bloggers who mutually agree to display each others’ buttons on their blogs. 😄
So for example, if you wanted to exchange blog buttons with me, you would save my blog button’s image and put it up on your Blog Buttons page, along with the link to my blog! And I would update my Blog Buttons page with your blog button and your blog’s link so that others can find your blog through my page.
Here’s the step-by-step to getting your blog set up with a blog button and a page for others’!
How To Swap Blog Buttons with Other Bloggers
1. Make a blog button!
You can do this on Canva (an awesome editing app/website) or another creative design platform! (One of our writers, Madeleine, shared a great tutorial here!) Customize it to display your blog’s name, link, and other designs that represent your personality and blog well. There’s no right or wrong way to make a blog button!
Alternately, if you’d like a bit of help with making your blog button, you can order one through a blog design service! There are different bloggers who can help you with graphics for free (just give credit to who helped you!). We have a page for ordering blog graphics here, which you’re welcome to check out!
2. Create a ‘Blog Buttons’ page for your blog.
Check out LTBL’s blog buttons page or my personal blog buttons page for ideas! You can call your page any number of things: ‘Blog Buttons,’ ‘Blogs I Love,’ ‘Swap Blog Buttons With Me,’ or whatever you’d like. As long as it gets the blog buttons point across, it’s good! 😀
Make sure that after you create the page, add it to your site’s Primary Menu! This will allow other bloggers to find it easily. To do this, go to Customizer > Menus > Primary, then under Add Items, press the ‘+’ sign and Add it to the Menu. 🙂
3. Reach out to other bloggers!
Just go to blogs run by bloggers you enjoy chatting with and see if they have their own Blog Buttons page! You can comment there and ask if they’re interested in swapping with you. Sometimes, if comments aren’t enabled for these pages (make sure you enable comments on your page under Quick Edit!), you can contact the blogger and ask if they’d like to swap.
To add someone else’s button to your page, just right-click on their blog button and save it to your computer. I like to name the image the blogger’s blog link to help me remember what URL to add to the photo! So for example, if I was adding Living the Blogging Life’s button to my page, I’d name it ‘livingtheblogginglife’ 🙂 When you’re editing your page, just add a photo (if you’re using the Block Editor, that would be the ‘Image’ block) and then click the chain button to add the blogger’s link!
Thanks so much for reading! I hope you found this post helpful. 😀 ❤ Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions, and one of our writers will get back to you!
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Maggie @ maggie’s doodles is a 20 year old girl who loves to sing, laugh, dance, and blog. She’s been blogging since 2010 and enjoys sharing what she’slearned with others!
Hey guys! Welcome back to LTBL! It’s lizziegrace here!!
It seems like forever since i’ve been on here! 😂
So, i started my blog, Above the Clouds, in September. Before that I had TONS of questions, even when I started my blog it took a while to learn all (well, not all) the tips and tricks.
Right before and right after i started blogging I made a list of my questions in my blogging notebook. Today i’ll be taking a look at them and answering them! A couple of them were ideas from D. So thank you!!
1. How long does it take to design a blog?
A while! It took me about 3 days my last blog update. It depends on your theme and how long you work each day on it. You can get help here with designing.
2. How many drafts do you have at a time?
I usually have 2-4 on the WordPress site/app. I know bloggers who limit to 1 and others who have 20. It all depends on your creativity at the moment or what you like.
3. Where do you write your posts?
I actually split them up. Sometimes at night i’ll get inspiration and write it in my notebook. Then i’ll type it up on my computer the next day. The other half of the time i’ll type it onto my computer or use my phone if i don’t have access. I’ve also used Voice Memos a couple of times.
4. How long does take to write a post?
It depends on the post. On average 30-45 minutes. Sometimes it’ll be spaced out between a couple days. Other times it takes 5 minutes. Others 3 hours!
5. How often should I post?
I don’t have a schedule but i try to post 1-3 times a week. You can change it up if you’re busy or do it more often if you have more time. Tip: if you write a lot at one time try scheduling some of them for busy times. That way you don’t just disappear.
6. Do I need to open up comments?
YES! Well, no. Personally I love commenting and responding to comments. I know lots of people like to know what people say. You can also make sure you have to approve comments before they hit the blog. Tip: If you add comments make sure to check the spam. Sometimes comments with links will go there.
7. Should i have any pages besides the blog page?
An about page. As the owner of a private blog when someone requests access to my blog the first thing i do is check their about page. It’s also a good way for readers to know who you are. I also have a contact page, in case anyone wants to do a collab post or guest post. Even a giveaway. A home page is nice for looks. A blog button page is really nice to point bloggers to other bloggers (see question 12 for more about blog buttons) Tip: Contact the LTBL design team to help make those pages.
8. Should my blog be private or public?
If you are blogging for views/followers/likes/money then public. If you are blogging for fun and you don’t mind the whole world seeing you then public. Go for private and you’ll be more safe, no random people can go look at your posts. Especially if you post personalish information. Now, if it’s private you won’t get as many followers but it is much safer. I feel way safer with my blog on private. It just depends on your comfort level and what you post.
9. What category should i post in?
I can’t tell you that! You can mix it up. You can have a baking blog or a DIY blog. I’m part of this blog which is a blogger help (?? i think ??) blog. I’m also part of a devotional/faith blog. My personal blog is all over the place!
10. Should I start with a collab blog or personal one?
Starting off i’m gonna say personal. The think is, with a collab blog things can get confusing, you might not have the same limitations or theme that you would have with your personal one. I wouldn’t join a collab until you get the basics of blogging and blog for a little while. Of course, there are some people who can jump right into a collab blog. So find what’s best for you.
11. What’s a ping back?
Oh boy! A ping back is when somebody adds the link from your blog post onto one of theirs (not a reblog). In the comment section it will give a link to the ping back (basically pings it back 😂). If I didn’t explain that well enough here’s with WordPress Support says: “A pingback is a type of comment that’s created when you link to another blog post where pingbacks are enabled. The best way to think about pingbacks is as remote comments: Person A posts something on his blog. Person B posts on her own blog, linking to Person A’s post.”. WARNING: If your blog is private it will not do this. Tip: This can be useful to know which posts are popular.
12. What’sa blog button? How do i get one?
The big question! Here’s an example of a blog button:
It’s a square or circular image that has the name, tag line, and/or link of/to your blog on it. You can design it in any way. (again the design team will help you with this). A blog button is kid of like the logo of your blog. Then you ask other bloggers to “swap”. “Swapping” is where you put their blog button on your blog and they will yours on their blog. Quite simple actually. Most bloggers have a page dedicated to this but some add it onto the About page or another one.
I hope this answers some of your questions! If you have anymore you’d like answered please comment them. If i get enough then i’ll do a part 2 if not i’ll just add them into another post!
If you are just now joining, we are so glad you are here! Welcome to LTBL! 😀 And.. Back to the Blogging Basics series is for any new blogger, someone who is interested in writing a blog, or someone who want’s a quick refresher! Or, just for fun! 😀 Then this is for YOU!
When I asked you all if you wanted a part two of this, I got a resounding YEESS from a bunch of y’all!
So, I hope you all enjoy today’s part two of back to the blogging basics!!! YEAAHHHH!!
If you missed part one, no worries, because the link for it is right here! 😉
Grammar is your friend!
Yess, I know grammar is not always the most fun thing to think about it, but when we do it makes our writing clearer and it makes it more enjoyable to read. We don’t always seem to notice grammar until it is needed. However, grammar can be flexible when blogging.
If you prefer to write all lowercase, you can! 😀 And if you are doing poetry, the rules are even more flexible.
Although, I can attest to this that I don’t always have the best grammar. A few typos here and there, a period missing is not the end of the world, but having your grammar as clean and concise as you can really helps to get your point across better! 😀
Grammar makes things enjoyable to read and helps to eliminate confusion. 🙂
2. How to Get Post Ideas
Post ideas.. You got your blog set up, you have your grammar reviewed, and now you sit down at your laptop, stretch a bit.. and then..
nothing.. nothing comes to mind! Blogger’s block.. we have probably all had it at some point to some degree… Figuring out what to write can be tricky.. however, you can get ideas by some of the most simple things.. such as a clock on the wall.. You could write a poem about it, if you wanted too, and if it fit with your blog! 😀 I talk more about theme in my first post in this series. 😉
No matter what your blog is about, these are the top three tips I have to get ideas.
Write what you love.
Write what you know.
Write something new.
When we write what we love, our heart gets put into it, and that’s what makes words come to life! Putting your heart into it and letting the story unfold. Story can be anything from photography to a cookie recipe, but writing what you love is a great place to start. If you love video games, write about that! If you love holidays, do a post every day about an odd holiday. BE CREATIVE! Blogging is one of the best ways I know to express creativity.
Writing what we know! 😀 If you have wide knowledge of random facts about lizards and snakes, write about it! 😀 I bet you someone out there will find it interesting! 😀 At least, I would find it interesting.. lol. Or if you sew dolls, share about how you make them and your tips on doing it. Learning and sharing knowledge is a great way to get a blog post set up and to help others.
Write something new! Make something up! I am not saying to gossip or sugar-coat facts, but… to write a short story based on a dream you had ( i have done this.. it’s kind of fun.. :P) or.. make a NEW way of doing makeup or make you own lip balm tutorial. Try something you have never done before!
Post planning is actually super helpful and it also let’s your faithful readers in on your train of thought so they can look forward to what is to come! 😀 I like it when bloggers share what’s coming. 😉 Or sharing that there is a surprise is coming is fun too. 🙂
For example, you can do posts on your blog on Tuesdays and Thursdays and leave Friday as a day to read your friend’s posts. Anyways, I get how hard that can be. I so get having a busy life!
To be honest, I haven’t been posting as much as I have wanted to on my blogs so, I am still working on this too. 😉
4. The Blogger’s Community!
YEEESSS! Wow, I am so so thankful for my blogging community. If you are just now starting a blog or have been for years, getting into the community is not only fun, but it gets your blog out there. On WordPress, there is a handy dandy feature called the search bar in your reader where you can search up blogs. If you like Christian blogs, search up that or if you like stuffed animals, do that! 😀
See who they follow, chat in the comments, and get to know bloggers who are friends and get to become friends with them yourself.
Follow, like, comment, and have fun! 😀 Having done this on blogs, and finding about other people’s blogs on other blogs, and so on, I have been able to find SO SO MANY incredible blogging friends.
But..do however use wisdom and internet safety when doing this. Look for safe, kind, and friendly blogs and if you have concerns, asking your parents or guardians for help is a good idea, as you are getting another set of eyes. (if you are under the age of 18 I would recommend this 😉 ). Or even if you are not, you can do this too! 😉
Having people involved such as a trusted friend, is good to so they can have your back.
That’s all for today’s post! I hoped you enjoyed part two of this series. 🙂 I know I sure did. 😀 In the comments, I would love to hear your thoughts on this post, what tips you would give to a new blogger, or if you are a new blogger WAY TO GO! HOPE YOU ARE HAVING FUN! 😀 Hope these helped and… random question, what’s your favorite Christmas movie?! I would LOVE to hear y’all’s answers. Mine are White Christmas and the new animated Grinch. 🙂
You choose the website to create your blog through, and then… You stop short.
Now’s the moment when you get to pick the name.
Sometimes this is easy. You already have one chosen and it’s available, and bam! You can get customizing and writing.
But other times, it’s more difficult than that.
What do you do if you want to start a blog, but need some guidance when picking a name?
We’re so glad you’ve found this post!
Thanks for being here on Living the Blogging Life! I’m Maggie, and I blog over at maggie’s doodles.Today I’m sharing my top advice for going through the process of picking a blog name!
I have a lot of experience with this, because not only have I been blogging since 2010, but I’ve also named a bunch of blogs in that span of time. So actually, I don’t have experience with naming a blog for the long haul (haha), but I do know all about really personalizing your blog name to help you flourish in the present!
The questions I pose in this post are to help get you thinking about what you really want your blog to be all about.
You don’t have to have a solid answer for every single one, and you don’t have to share your answers with anyone. This is just an exercise to help you along!
To build upon the ideas I’m sharing with you today, I’ll be using an example about a new blogger and how they work through the process of choosing their blog name by answering these questions! Our blogger’s name is Ellie, and she loves working in the kitchen (especially to bake delicious treats!), so she wants to start a baking blog. Let’s help her find a great name.
Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Blog Name
#1: Will I be able to live up to it?
The first name Ellie thought of was “Baking Daily with Ellie.” She thinks it sounds catchy and fun. However, she then realized that while she may have baked every day this week, most weeks she makes one or two recipes.She would feel sad to have a blog that made her feel like she should be baking more than she does,and that she also has to post every day. She scrapped this idea and moved on to the next question.
#2: Is the name strongly associated with a particular niche?
Ellie knows that having a baking blog will group her together with other fellow cooks and bakers, and she’s content with that! Sometimes a blogger may wish to pick a name that is more generalized and then choose a descriptive tagline (which you can customize under Settings > General).
You can update a tagline more easily than having to go about changing your URL and doing an entire re-branding.
So, Ellie is fine with being part of the bakers niche.
#3: Is it easy to type and say out loud?
Another name Ellie came up with was “Convivial Baking Adventures.” She looked up synonyms for the word ‘fun’ and found that fancy word… but will everyone know how to spell it? Or even pronounce it? And they may not know what it means! That word looks to me like ‘trivial,’ which makes Ellie’s blog name (and her baking) sound questionable, haha. She’s decided to stick with names that are more recognizable and maybe shorter, as well.
#4: Will I be satisfied long-term with the content I’m signing up for?
She initially really liked the name “Ellie’s Sugar Cookies,” because that’s one of her signature recipes! However, she’s obviously going to be baking other dishes all year long. She decided to do a blog series on her sugar cookies instead of naming her blog after them, which can be a nice way to use some of the many blog names you come up with! They could make great post series, even if you don’t name your blog with them. 🙂
#5: Can you claim a WordPress domain (and later a custom one), or is it taken?
“Ellie Bakes” is another name she considered using! However, the WordPress domain has been claimed by someone else (I checked the legitimacy of this for this post haha), and the custom domain she might buy in the future is available, but since finding out she can’t use the WordPress one, it made her realize she’d rather pick a blog name with a fun adjective in it.
#6: Is the URL readable?
There are times when a blog name looks great on the blog itself, but the URL reads differently. One blog name Ellie tried out was “Lovely Ellie’s Sunday Baking,” since she considered doing a new post every Sunday. (Although after answering the first question in this post, she realized that would be quite restricting.)
So, the name looks fine on the blog, but how about the URL? It reads “lovelyelliessundaybaking.” It kind of looks like it says ‘yellie,’ and maybe ‘daybaking,’ and neither of those make sense. Sometimes a URL can even look like it spells out a crude word, so that’s something to look out for.
#7: Does the name inspire you to blog?
Finally, using this seventh and final question, Ellie arrived at the name “Ellie’s Yummy Bakes,” which perfectly meets this criteria! She’ll always enjoy baking, every post she shares will include yummy food, and her name will always be Ellie. She’s so happy she worked through possible blog names and took the time to come up with one she loved!
Hooray! You’ve finished reading through this post! I hope you found some of these ideas useful. You’re also welcome to use these questions to decide on other titles and names in blogging, from post series to paragraph headings, you name it!
In my personal experience with my latest blog, I found it helpful to pick a name I liked (Chickadee Lover Maggie) and then allow my content to shift and move around until I chose the direction I wanted to continue in. Sometimes that’s necessary to do (changing your blog name) as you discover what works for you! I’m very happy I did that and now have a blog called maggie’s doodles ❤
How do YOU come up with blog names, post titles, etc.? Do you have any advice to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!
On Living the Blogging Life,we’re happy to always encourage you to…
Maggie @ maggie’s doodles is a 20 year old girl who loves to sing, laugh, dance, and blog. She’s been blogging since 2010 and enjoys sharing what she’slearned with others!
I hope you all have enjoyed all of the incredible content that the LTBL team has worked so hard to get put out and up on here. So.. an huge-round of applause for the whole team!! 😀 You all are amazing!!
Although, I imagine most of you have been blogging for awhile or at least familiar with the topic. 🙂
Well, for those of you that have looked into starting your very own blog and don’t know where to start, this is the post for you! 😀
So, you have seen blogs and you have thought why not start your own. You look around the web to find a good place to start and finally a blog set-up.
You may be wondering what to do for a name, design, etc.
There is a lot that may come to your mind, but don’t be overwhelmed, my friend. Blogging will be worth it! 😀
1.Finding a site to start your blog.
I highly recommend using WordPress for your blog. Not only is it SUPER easy to use, but you don’t have to get the payed option to get a fun blog set-up. 🙂 Just log in and they will take you through the basics.
2. The Name/Tag Line
The name and the tag underneath it are normally one of the first things that people will see. Most of the time when you blog, you are hoping to get readers.
First off, do you want your blog to have a theme? Such as a lifestyle blog, books, stuffed animals, music, rock climbing, cooking, etc. If so, which one do you want? That will normally help with the name.
Do a name that you LOVE! 😀 If you love Susan’s Sewing and you want a crafts blog, GO FOR IT!! 😀
What matters is that your name reflects who YOU are! 😀 Don’t try to be someone you are not. And your blog can be about anything and anything if you want. 😀
Your tag line does not have to be something you say every time, but you can! For example, my lifestyle blog, Kaelyn’s Life, has the tag line, A Life Full of Joy and Worship for Jesus Christ.
Your tag is like the theme of your blog!
When it comes to the different pages on your blog almost always put an about you page. A little bio about yourself and your blog is a great start. Maybe add a photo of you, if you are comfortable with that.
A home page is another important page. 🙂 It’s the face of your blog. It can be like a little intro to the blog or it can be a page of your posts, or you can make a different page for your blog feed.
Blog buttons page! Something fun to do is swap blog buttons with other bloggers. You can look at our blog button page here for an example. 🙂 😀 A blog button is kind of like the logo of your blog and matches the design of your blog. This leads me to my next point.
4. Blog Design
Blog design is a key point. Before you start to worry about graphic designing it all yourself, we are here to help!
We have an incredible design team here at LTBL! They are here to help with any design problem or issues that you may have. And it is all FREE!! 😀 The only thing that they ask is that you display the image below on your blog, giving them credit.
From basic graphics and a full blog makeover! 😀 Just fill out the contact form and they can give you the blog design of your dreams!
And.. Canva is another awesome website to use for graphic designs, without having to do the paid plan. It’s a great place to learn, grow, and try out graphic designing for yourself. Check it out here!
Those are all of the tips that I have for you today in my Back to the Blogging Basics post! 🙂
In the comments, if you have any questions about blogging, about this post, and of course, what is your favorite Disney move (bcz I am curious 😉 ). Also, if there is anything that you would like us to post about, just let us know!